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Anne Firestone Ball, 79, Of Greenwich, Granddaughter Of Tire Co. Founder

Anne Firestone Ball
Anne Firestone Ball Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. - Anne Firestone Ball of Greenwich died Friday, April 12. She was 79.

Ball was born Nov. 10, 1933, in Akron, Ohio, to Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., and Elizabeth Parke Firestone. She was a granddaughter of tire industry pioneer Harvey S. Firestone, who founded The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in Akron in 1900. She attended elementary school at Our Lady of the Elms in Akron and high school at Miss Porter's School in Farmington. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Ball served as a director and chairman of the board of Family Centers of Greenwich, which provides education and human services for children, adults and families. She also had been a trustee for Miss Porter's School and a trustee for Atwill Memorial Chapel in Northport Point.

Ball is survived by her husband, John; sons, John F. Ball, Jr., (Linda) of Winnetka, Ill., and David F. Ball (Lucy) of Darien; daughter, Sheila B. Burkert (Randall) of New York City; eight grandchildren; and sister Martha F. Ford (William Clay) of Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. She was predeceased by her parents; brother, Harvey S. Firestone III; and sister, Elizabeth Firestone Willis.

Calling hours are Friday, April 19, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch St., Greenwich, Conn. 06830. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 469 North St., Greenwich, Conn, 06830. There also will be a memorial service this summer at Atwill Memorial Chapel in Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Family Centers of Greenwich, 40 Arch St., Greenwich, Conn. 06830 or Atwill Memorial Chapel, 105 N. Northcott Drive, Northport, Mich. 49670.

Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, Greenwich, Conn. (203) 869-1513

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